A collection of the vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.

The vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.
April 30 2010 12:40 PM

The Complete Bidenisms

Collecting the vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.

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"I've never seen so many damn many insurance commissioners as I see today."—addressing the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, National Harbor, Md., Sept. 22, 2009                              

Click here to see video of Biden's comments. The Bidenism is at 1:03.

"I have not bent the law, but I have let imagination take hold in some places where I think it's consistent with the spirit of the law… Is that the best way of saying that? Yes … I should stop."—attempting to explain the administration's efforts to foster cooperation between states and municipalities in applications for stimulus funds, Washington, D.C., Sept. 3, 2009

"They have a shrinking population base, they have a withering economy, they have a banking sector and structure that is not likely to be able to withstand the next 15 years, they're in a situation where the world is changing before them and they're clinging to something in the past that is not sustainable."—forgetting about the reset button with Russia in interview with the Wall Street Journal, July 25, 2009

"I cannot believe that a Frenchman visiting Kiev went back home and told his colleagues he discovered something and didn't say he discovered the most beautiful women in the world. That's my observation."—discussing local issues in meeting with Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko, Kiev, Ukraine, July 21, 2009

"The truth is, we and everyone else misread the economy."—contradicting own administration's economic message in interview with ABC's "This Week," July 5, 2009

Click here to see video of Biden's comments. The Bidenism is at 6:06.


"Israel can determine for itself as a sovereign nation what's in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran or anyone else, whether we agree or not… If the Netanyahu government decides to take a course of action different than the one being pursued now, that is their sovereign right to do that. That is not our choice."—appearing to give Israel the green light to bomb Iran in interview with This Week, July 5, 2009

Click here to see video of Biden's comments.

"I didn't realize I had the press behind me! Did I say anything I shouldn't have said, guys?"—Learning that a camera had been filming an informal speech on the White House lawn, Washington, D.C., June 19, 2009